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Provisional cancels.  

The Czechoslovakian cancels.


When the Czech postal authorities cleared the offices, they 

not only took with them the stamps, postal stationery and 

postal forms but the mail of the day.




Cover send from Melnik in Czechoslovakia. Originally it was posted in Ober-Widim which 

is in Sudetenland just across the border of Melnik. Czech postal authorities took this letter 

to Melnik, together with the rest of the mail, when they cleared the office and left for Czechoslovakia. 

Before the letter was returned to Sudetenland it was censored by the czechs. It was then 

sent to Warnsdorf "Im besetzen Gebiet (in the occupied zone) a proper designation as 

Ober-Widim at that time was not occupied.



If the German postal authorities were not supplied with 

new cancels they had to use what they could find.
Sometimes they had to go deep into the cancel chest.




Postal wrapper send locally in Haida canceled with a cancel which last 

was in use around 1850!




Unaltered bilingual cancels from Czechoslovakia 

were seldom used.



Card from Weisskirchlitz canceled with a unaltered bilingual cancel from Czechoslovakia.

This is the only recorded use of this cancel!




Normally when the Germans found a bilingual Czech cancel 

they removed the Czech part.



Registred commercial cover from Karlsbad send to Czechoslovakia. It is canceled 

with a originally bilingual cancel with the Czech part removed. 

The registration label are a bilingual Czech label with the Czech part lined out. 

The cover was censored in Prague by the Czechs.



Not only were the ordinary Czech cancels reused 

also few machine cancels came into the hands of the Germans.



Commercial cover from Komotau send to Prague in Czechoslovakia. The cover was

canceled with a originally bilingual machine cancel from which the Czech part

was removed. The circular device (dial) was taken out of the machine cancel and

used as a handstamp. The cover was censored by the Czechs in Prague.



At the railway station offices the Germans found cancels too. 

These railway station letter box cancels were used as well. 



Registred cover send from Würbenthal to Odense in Denmark. The cover was canceled 

with a originally bilingual railway station letter box cancel from which the Czech part 

was removed. The registration label is of German type. The 6+4 pf. stamp was issued to 

commemorate the plebiscite to be held on December 4, 1938 in Sudetenland.



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